Artist: Philippa Renshaw
Title: ‘75 Luxury gifts for women that are soo worth the $$$, cosmopolitan.com’
Attribution: ‘75 Luxury gifts for women that are soo worth the $$$, cosmopolitan.com’, 2022, Philippa Renshaw
Materials: Made using Secondhand fabrics, HeatNBond, Ceramic & Cotton Thread.
Dimensions: 10ft x 5ft
Image Statement: This 4 sided textile installation is a commentary on mass-consumerism, capitalism, marketing and effects of peer pressure to conform and show emotion to others through spending. The abstract shapes are based upon a list of 75 luxury gifts decided upon by Cosmopolitan magazine USA with photos that you should buy a friend to show them that you like them through material objects. I have created a surface pattern using abstract forms of these shapes and have placed lines between as pathways joining the objects together to create a map shape. The ceramic objects placed around the hanging are pulled from the abstract shapes and represent objects frozen as organic forms. The article may seem trivial, yet it’s posts like these on social media, magazines or by companies that are moulding us continually to keep buying more and more. How can we break away from this cycle?